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Puffer Vests: Keep It Simple & Stylish

Puffer Vests: The Key To Clean & Functional Layering

Layering for Fall doesn’t have to be overly complicated, enter the puffer vest. My rule for Fall layering is to keep things clean, simple & functional. With temperatures jumping all over the place lately, I always suggest to layer functionally, making it easy to shed a layer or two without sacrificing your Autumn look. I’ve partnered with Old Navy to show you guys how I’m styling some of their newest Fall pieces. Start off by opting for a classic crewneck sweatshirt and killer pair of olive jeans. Not only will these pieces stand on their own when un-layered but they serve as a perfect canvas to start adding pieces. Throw on a classic denim jacket for a look that’s perfectly rugged yet pulled together. To top it off, I’ve added this puffer vest (which happens to be the perfect shade of maroon) with a great slim fit which will keep you from looking like the Michelin man when layered.

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Buffalo Check You Can Wear Right Now

Buffalo Check: The Heritage Pattern That Is A Must-Have

With morning and evening temperatures sitting pretty in the low 60’s lately, it’s time to start thinking about how to kick off a Fall look while being temperature friendly. This kick-ass buffalo plaid fleece jacket from TopMan is perfect for a brisk walk to and from work while the temps are still crisp. (Super easy and fluffy to throw in your bag and rock a monochromatic look for your lunch break when the temps are too hot). I have a feeling this piece is probably going to sell out quickly so grab it now and wear all the way through Winter with a rugged boot and beanie.

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3 Fall Trends You Can Wear Right Now

How To Shop For New Clothes in August (and what you should be buying)

For many of us, August means long Summer vacations, cool nights at the beach, and last minute vacation shares with your besties. In the fashion world, August means Fall is here and in full swing. While many retailers have adapted their product delivery schedules to make up for the fact that it’s still too damn hot for puffer coats, many continue to push the Autumn fashion deliveries to stores. What does this mean for us? I like to consider August as my Fall wish-list time frame…giving me a full month to digest what the big trends are, what the brands are pushing, and to start making note of the pieces I am going to invest in once the weather changes.


However with all of this yummy new product packing store shelves, I’m always dying to make a few purchases ahead immediately. If you are going to start shopping in stores during August, I’ve made a list below of a few things to be aware of:

  • Watch the Prices on Big Pieces: As excited as you are to get your hands on something new, keep in mind that the more expensive pieces you are seeing (leather jackets, puffer coats, chunky knits etc) will go on sale sooner rather than later as the Holiday deliveries usually deliver in mid October (which will typically bump down prices on Fall items).

 

  • Be Seasonally Smart: Make sure the pieces you are buying can actually be worn right away (aka stay away from heavy wools, down layers, chunky leathers, etc) Some of the biggest Fall trends are versatile enough to be worn right now, we’ll recap those in a minutes.

 

  • Don’t Jump Right Into Crazy Trends: When shopping for early Fall pieces, don’t go too trendy too quickly. I always find that my style develops and changes once true Fall weather rolls around aka there may be a trend that I thought I would’t get into that I instantly become obsessed with, etc. Ease yourself into trends by playing with trendy accessories at first.

Now that we’ve gone over  a few best practices, let’s get to the fun part. Below are some of the biggest trends for Fall and some pieces that you can wear right now to boost your August wardrobe and take you right into Autumn like a pro.

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The Camel Coat: Your Best Friend For Layering

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A killer camel coat is one of the best pieces you can invest in during the Winter months. If you don’t have one in your closet already…shame on you (keep reading, I’ll hook you up in a few seconds). What I consider to be a closet staple, the trusty camel coat is not only extremely versatile, but chic enough to give any outfit an insta-worthy style upgrade. Thrown over a slim down puffer vest & plaid shirt, your camel coat will give your look an instant slim, GQ vibe while keeping out the chill (I’m trying to get you guys to move away from the bulky puffer jackets here if you can’t tell). This bad boy pictured above (purchased 2 years go) is an MAJOR sale right now at Club Monaco…under $300 and additional sale on top of that I believe.

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Striped Shirt & White Jeans For The Win

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We’re big fans of uniform dressing in the Summer months. We find something that works and we hit it over, and over, and over again. Right now it’s all about a kick-ass short sleeved striped shirt. We love these paired back to a trusty pair of jeans and an updated boat shoe. When the real heat rolls around mid July, shirts like this will be perfect with a tailored pair of shorts and a handsome sandal. For now, consider a short sleeved striped shirt a best friend for layering while the Spring chill burns away.

F21 STRIPED SHIRT / J.CREW SLIM JEAN / TOMMY HILFIGER PERFORATED BOAT SHOE / JAMES DEAN EYEWEAR

Winning Combo: Fatigue Jackets & White Jean...

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We honestly think this is the weather that we are built to exist in. Sunny days like these in New York make us wonder how the hell we ever survived the grey days of Winter in this city. One staple that’s heavy in the rotation these days is the trusty fatigue jacket (based on vintage styles worn in the military). You can never have too many of these (Preston has three…one vintage, one new, one beat to hell). We love this bad boy paired back to a crisp pair of white jeans and a classic indigo striped woven. This look will take you from a casual business meeting to a boozy brunch while keeping you perfectly layered and your look on-point. If you follow Preston on Instagram, you obviously are aware of the velvet slipper obsession. If brave enough, try a cool slipper with this look and if not, a desert chukka boot or throwback sneaker will do the trick.

AEO FATIGUE JACKET / TOMMY HILFIGER STRIPED SHIRT / H&M WHITE JEANS / RALPH LAUREN SLIPPER / RAY BAN AVIATOR

Half Weekend / Half Weekday

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We’re easing into the work week by holding on to a bit of our weekend outfit vibes. Remember that grey crewneck sweatshirt we told you to get last month? It’s time to grab it. Pair it back to a slim pair of chino joggers and slim charcoal blazer for a comfortable look thats still pulled together and perfectly monochromatic (without entering YEEZY territory). Don’t forget a kick-ass pair of throwback adidas to finish off the look.

J.CREW LUDLOW BLAZER / GAP FLEECE CREWNECK / OLD NAVY JOGGER PANT /RAY BAN MIRRORED SUNGLASS /  ROLEX SUBMARINER WATCH /ADIDAS GAZELLE SNEAKER 

You Need Now: Nautical Stripes

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Nautical Stripes, for Spring…groundbreaking. In all seriousness, the reason these bad boys keep showing up year after year is because you need to get yourself one. We’re talking about sweaters with nautical stripes. Consider this one of the most versatile pieces to have in your Spring/Summer wardrobe. Layer over a denim shirt and pair with navy chinos for an early Spring look, and when warmer weather rolls around, lose the denim shirt and swap the chinos for an above the knee chino short.

TOMMY HILFIGER SWEATER / H&M DENIM SHIRT / GAP SKINNY CHINOS / VANS SLIP ONS / RAY BAN AVIATORS

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Spring Sweaters To Wear Right Now

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We’re almost there. It’s almost Spring and we’re in the mood to shop. While we no doubt have some chilly days ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the best Spring sweaters perfect for layering and wearing right now. Thank us later.

Spring Staple: The Striped Sweater

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We’re keeping the Spring staples coming and one that we can’t live without is a kick-ass, striped sweater. Lightweight and easy, this bad boy is perfect for layering under a navy blazer paired back to slim chinos. Opt for a sickles tassel loafer for a perfectly preppy look.

J.CREW LUDLOW BLAZER / GAP STRIPED SWEATER / J.CREW 484 CHINO/ H&M WHITE TEE / JOHNSTON & MURPHY TASSEL LOAFER / STREET VENDOR AVIATORS

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